Tag Archives: Internet policy

Democracy & Digital Platforms: A Match Made in Heaven or in Hell?

In the wake of revelations about Facebook’s role in the 2016 U.S. election and use of the platform to inflame social unrest in other countries, there seems to be a growing consensus that the evolution of digital platforms has reached a … Continue reading

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Serving Users (to Advertisers to Benefit Shareholders)

In its early years, a key driver of Facebook’s approach to growth was to “move fast and break things” in pursuit of “domination.” This growth strategy has been reflected in Facebook’s approach to protecting users’ personal data–which may have violated a 2011 FTC consent decree. One … Continue reading

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Data as Power: Approaches to Righting the Balance

Not surprisingly, revelations about the unauthorized release of personal data on 87 million Facebook users to a firm using the data to design and target manipulative political messages has triggered an upsurge in concern about the adequacy of data privacy at … Continue reading

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The Power of Dominant Platforms: It’s Not Just About “Bigness”

This post will focus mainly on an article by Brooklyn Law School professor K. Sabeel Rahman that examines the power of digital platforms in an historical context. Though I try to summarize key points and include excerpts from the article, entited The … Continue reading

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Platform Cooperativism: Acknowledging the Rights of “Produsers”

The discussion below builds on a prior post focused on the work of Marjorie Kelly, whose two books provide a framework for analyzing characteristics and impacts of alternative allocations of enterprise ownership rights. That framework describes key differences between “generative” and “extractive” ownership models, … Continue reading

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Interactions Between Political and Platform Systems

This post focuses on the interactions between digital platforms and public sector democratic governance systems. It is intended to help set the stage for two subsequent posts that offer suggestions about how to support positive feedback loops and discourage negative … Continue reading

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A Purpose-Built Platform to Strengthen Democracy

In brief, the argument presented in this post is that: The health and future prospects for political democracy are facing serious threats in the U.S. and the world. The history of Facebook, Google, Twitter and other online platforms and services … Continue reading

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